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Photoshop is the tool of choice for most creative professionals and has quickly become household name synonymous with computer art and image manipulation. In Photoshop CS3 One-on-One: Beyond the Basics, internationally renowned Photoshop guru Deke McClelland teaches such digital-age wonders as masking, filters, layers, blend modes, Liquify, Vanishing Point, and vector-based type. Along the way, Deke also teaches tried-and-true methods for sharpening details, smoothing over wrinkles and imperfections, trimming away jowls and fat, and wrapping one image around the surface of another. Plus, the training teaches how to construct and organize the elements in a composition so you can edit them easily in the future. Exercise files accompany the tutorial.
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Note: Photoshop CS3 One-on-One: The Essentials is a recommended prerequisite to Photoshop CS3 One-on-One: Beyond the Basics.
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Now, for the Pumpkin Do Resistance here, we are going to backlight this text and we are going to do it using a layer style, turns out to be pretty simple the way that we are going to approach it because it's kind of already in the oven, baked and ready to go, just like pumpkin pie. My goodness, I am clever today. Alright, go to the Layers palette, won't you, and notice that we have got this Fright Lights copy as well as Fright Lights. Actually, you know what, I want to move that shadow, that's what it is, I want to move that shadow below the editable Fright Lights text, and I am going to do that by pressing Ctrl+left bracket or Command+left bracket on the Mac.
And let's go ahead and change the name of this text to Cast Shadow since that's what it is. You can by the way change the name of a Text layer as well. You may recall that Photoshop automatically named it Fright Lights because that's what it says. But you could change the name to anything you want. If you do, just bear in mind that Photoshop will not automatically update the name of the layer in the future, right now it would, If I were to change the letters inside of this type, Photoshop would change the name of the layer accordingly. Anyway, I am digressed, I need to tell you how to create the backlighting effect.
Let's go back to the Style Holder layer, I want you to turn it on once again, see the little cartoon silhouette pumpkin up here. He not only holds the color that I wanted you to apply to Fright Lights, which you may be wondering about right now like why did I choose that weird brown color, you are about to see it works really well with the backlighting effect. Not only does a pumpkin include the color that we want it to use, it also includes a layer effect. And I want you to go ahead and turn that layer effect on by clicking in front of the Word effects here in order to show that eyeball.
And there is the effect, it's sort of a backlighting effect, it's a bevel-and-emboss effect. And I am going to be showing you how bevel-and-emboss works in an upcoming exercise. But for now, just know that I have got it ready to go and we can transfer this style from this layer right here to the Fright Lights layer, that's where we want to put it. We don't want to put on Cast Shadow, we want to put it here on Fright Lights because that's the text that wants to be backlight. So just go ahead and you can either drag the Word effects and drop it on there or you can drag that little Effects icon right there.
I will go ahead and drag the Effects icon, drop it onto Fright Lights. And what that does is it moves it. Notice, we got rid of this style that was assigned to the little pumpkin guy here and it moved it on the letters, and don't they look spooky now? Alright, turn off Style Holder. He is just that dummy holder layer there, he doesn't want to be part of our composition because we have got enough pumpkins. These are the final effects people, this is the final composition. I hope you enjoy it. In next exercise, we are going to move on to yet another text composition, this time including warps type, type on a path and a lot of other groovy items as well.
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